Bethesda Recovery is a faith based, residential substance abuse treatment facility for women located in the small city of Waycross, Georgia. Originally founded in 1994 by husband and wife team, Cathy and Terry Sweat, programming includes group and individual therapy rooted in the principles of their 12 gates recovery program, a Bible-based version of the 12 steps. This program provides highly structured daily schedules and a variety of types of education and training, including life coaching and relapse prevention classes.
Accommodations and Food
The Bethesda Recovery facility is a two-story house that can accommodate up to 12 clients in shared bedrooms. The house is in a quiet neighborhood that has a rural feel on about half an acre. The home is spacious with four bathrooms, living rooms with comfortable couches and TV, and large kitchen with modern appliances.
The women all work together to keep the house clean, and participate in a rotating schedule of chores that also includes cooking all the meals for each other. The ingredients are provided by the facility and the women take turns preparing and cooking meals for the house.
Treatment and Staff
Bethesda Recovery offers highly structured programming that includes an organized schedule of activities that are both therapeutic and recreational on a daily basis. Treatment is heavily rooted in Christian values and the residents are encouraged to bond and support each other as a family, so the clients get ample peer support throughout the 90 days that they are in treatment.
A typical day at Bethesda would include an early morning wake up for exercise, devotional and group therapy sessions that address anger management, self-esteem and coping skills. The clients set goals at the beginning of treatment and have individual sessions throughout as a way to check in on their treatment process. Life coaching is integrated into programming as well, which can include money management or job skills and participation in ministries, volunteer efforts and giving time to the local food banks. There are daily off-site 12-step meetings all the clients are required to attend to establish a sponsor and a foothold in the local sober community.
The residential staff consists of the founders of the program, who also live on-site with the women in the program, and volunteer staff. The counselors for the most part are Pastors with the exception of the founder, Cathy, who is a CADC. Specialized individual therapy is offered to adults struggling with co-occurring disorders.
There is daily exercise built into the program and daily, long walks around the neighborhood, as well as other recreational activities are expected. There are also Saturday outings where client’s head into town to do some shopping at the local mall, and participate in home movie and TV nights together. The residence also includes an above ground swimming pool and big back yard with a grill, so during the warmer months the clients can enjoy cooking out, swimming or playing outside with each other.
Bethesda Recovery is a very supportive program that aims to show no judgment and help women rebuild their lives. They do operate under a very specific belief, however, that they only way to get clean is to completely give yourself over to Jesus. Though that may be a touchy subject for some, this program does have success high rates and a great reputation in the local community. For women seeking faith-based treatment in a family-style environment, this is a great choice.
1010 Mary St
Waycross, GA 31503
Bethesda Recovery Cost: $4,000 (30 days). Reach Bethesda Recovery by phone at (912) 283-8580. Find Bethesda Recovery on Facebook
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